Puerto del Carmen

VERIL DE PLAYA CHICA

One Wall, Infinite Dives

0-40m, easy, beach access

VERIL PLAYA CHICAPlaya Chica is ideal for all types of diving – the shallow areas are perfect decompression stops for advanced divers, that wish to go down into the depths of the numerous spectacular dives this can be done from this location. Caves, underwater cliffs, volcanic channels, deep water coral, sharks and even unexpected encounters with whales are all possible at Playa Chica. This is Lanzarote’s premier dive site.

CUEVA DE LAS GAMBAS

Life in the Deep Blue

0-40m, advanced, beach access

Cueva de las gambas

The Playa Chica cliff hides many nooks and crannies worth visiting. The Cueva de las Gambas (Shrimp Cave) is one of them. At the foot of the cliff, at a depth of about 40 m, a cave gives shelter to swarms of narval shrimp. Dusky groupers lie in wait for the shrimp inside the dark cave and do not hesitate to pounce on them when they become visible by the light of our flashlights.

The uniqueness and richness of the caves along the Puerto del Carmen cliff are so great that Europe has declared it a “Special Conservation Site” within the Natura 2000 Network.

AGUJERO AZUL BLUE HOLE

Window into the Deep

0-35, advanced, beach access

Agujero Azul

This is one of the most famous dives in Puerto del Carmen, maybe because of the adventure factor that it offers. The Blue Hole is a tunnel that connects the sandy shallow area to the cliff that descends into stunning depths.

Practically every animal can be seen on this dive, from sea horses all lined up at the bottom to angel sharks and large stingrays; some lucky divers may even encounter the majestic manta rays. Without a doubt, this is a dive that deserves to be repeated.

PECIOS DE PUERTO DEL CARMEN

Ghosts from a Sunken Port

12-40m, advanced, beach access

Pecios de Puerto Del Carmen

This dive is recommended for those that love shipwrecks. In just one dive, you can visit the remains of up to six wrecks. Curiously, the shallowest ones are the best preserved and one of them even protrudes from underneath the rocks of the jetty, offering a completely unusual view. The remains of the ships offer a completely different scenery than any other dive on the Island, which makes it a site in high demand by divers that visit Lanzarote for the first time.

PECIOS DELBARRANCO DEL QUÍQUERE

A Battle Won by Fish

0-30m, easy, beach access

Pecios Del Barranco Del Quiquere

These three fishing boats are made out of wood and were built during the last century, with the intention of taking them to the oceans to steal fish. Paradoxically, they have ended their days at the bottom of the ocean, housing the creatures that were in times past its prey. The two shallowest boats are found almost completely intact. Contrary to this, the deepest one has a ghostly appearance, with its framing coming out of the keel like the ribs of a spinal column.

LA CATEDRAL

Felix,the Dusky Grouper,shows us his mansion

0-32m, advanced, beach access

La cathedrale

This is one of the most popular dives in Lanzarote and it might be because inside the cave called Catedral (Cathedral) lives the most famous animal on the island, the big dusky grouper that local divers call Felix. This dive is comfortable and very complete. Vertical walls to search for hidden life, immense cliffs where stingrays and angel sharks can be observed, caves with all types of fauna and even a small wreck if you are interested in getting close to it.

WAIKIKI

A Tropical Dive

4-32, easy, beach access

waïkiki

The exotic name of this dive site captivates you instantly. When we go deeper into the water amongst the dense rocks at just a few meters deep, the play of light from the sun and the reflection off the white sand gives this place a truly tropical flavor. The dive could be done in this area alone, but in reality this spot is reserved for the security stop or for snorkeling because the site has much more to offer us if we go down to the cliff.

RICHIES PLACE

Channel into the Deep

18-34, easy, beach access

Richies place

Giant walls that go down into the abyss, amazing drop offs, immense sharp rocks, caves, underwater canyons, large sand bars, and arches – all of this makes up a spectacular landscape decorated with a thousand different types of life. The landscape is one of the strong points of this dive because of how varied it is. The nooks in the rocks shelter two orange corals and one small cave that is blanketed with narval shrimps. A great variety of other species can also be seen.

LA PARED

A Cliff Full of Life

5-30, easy, beach access

diving lanzaroteNo matter how many times we do this dive, it always seems too short. The incredible wall it goes along hides all types of surprises, like brightly colored hanging encrusting anemone, a branch of orange coral, leopard sea slugs or big dusky grouper and trumpetfish that are always aware of our movements. On the wall, at a depth of barely 5 m, a large group of rocks are home to all types of small creatures that can be enjoyed both during the safety stop and while snorkeling.

VERIL DE FARIONES

On the Edge of the Abyss

0-40m, advanced, beach access

Veril de Fariones

If there is anything that distinguishes this underwater cliff from the rest of those we can find on Playa Grande (Big Beach), it is its depth and the height of its walls, as well as the rocks next to the little Fariones pier that are practically an aquarium, and are also ideal for snorkeling and safety stops.

The entire Puerto del Carmen cliff is a perfect place to observe the passing of migrating species that live in the deep blue. This is true for tuna, amberjack, or wahoo. Every diver’s dream has come true along this cliff: to see devil rays, dolphins, turtles or giant whales. Will you be one of the lucky ones?

EL MUELLITO Y LA PLAYA

A Dive for All Likes and Levels

0-12m, easy, beach access

El muellito y la playa

The areas surrounding El Muellito (The Little Pier) and the two jetties at Playa Chica (Small Beach) are a magic place to enjoy both day and night dives. It is the perfect place to observe how the fauna change after dusk. This shallow dive is perfect for snorkeling, baptisms or for beginners to practice. Even experienced divers enjoy it after exploring the deeper walls.

 

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